Passaic County Community College

Accuplacer® Practice Placement Test

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to Accuplacer
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Reading
  • Sentence Skills
  • Written Essay
  • Links
  • Tell Us What You Think


The goal of this site is to help you prepare for your upcoming placement test at Passaic County Community College. PCCC uses the College Board's placement test known as Accuplacer®. Accuplacer® is a suite of computer-adaptive placement tests that quickly, accurately, and efficiently assess reading, writing, and math skills. These practice tests were designed to closely match the types, difficulty levels and feel of the actual Accuplacer® tests. The number of questions on each test is the same as what you will see when you come in to take your test. Upon completion of all the sections you should have a good understanding of what to expect on the day of your test.

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Introduction to Accuplacer

The purpose of the ACCUPLACER® test is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your course selection.

You cannot "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.

ACCUPLACER® is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.

Testing Time - The multiple choice tests are untimed. The essay test is timed.


This test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are 17 questions on the Arithmetic tests divided into three types.

  • Operations with whole numbers and fractions: topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.

  • Operations with decimals and percents: topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.

  • Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.


A total of 12 questions are administered in this test.

  • The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.

  • A second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.

  • The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities, word problems. solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.
  • Click here for a printable copy of the test questions with answers.

Reading Comprehension

There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Reading Comprehension test.

Sentence Skills

There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Sentence Skills test.

  • The first type is sentence correction questions that require an understanding of sentence structure. These questions ask you to choose the most appropriate word or phrase to substitute for the underlined portion of the sentence.

  • The second type is construction shift questions. These questions ask that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.

Within these two primary categories, the questions are also classified according to the skills being tested. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, others with whether or not the answer is a complete sentence, and still others with the relationship between coordination and subordination.

Written Essay

Guidelines to writing a good essay

Suggestions on how to do well and important points:

  • Read the topic carefully before you begin writing.
  • Strive to express your thoughts on the topic clearly and effectively.
  • Be specific.
  • How well you write is much more important than how much you write, but to cover the topic adequately you may want to write more than one paragraph.
  • You will be asked to provide a writing sample of 300 to 600 words in response to a prompt.
  • An on-screen word counter is available.
  • You will have 50 minutes to plan and write your essay.

Your essay will be scored on how well you address the following:

  • Purpose and Focus – The extent to which the writer presents information in a unified and coherent manner,
    clearly addressing the issue. Specific elements to consider include:
    • Unity
    • Consistency
    • Coherence
    • Relevance
    • Audience
  • Organization and Structure - The extent to which the writer orders and connects ideas. Specific elements
    to consider include:
    • Introduction
    • Thesis
    • Body paragraphs
    • Transitions
    • Conclusions
  • Development and Support - The extent to which the writer develops and supports ideas. Specific elements
    to consider include:
    • Point of view
    • Coherent arguments
    • Evidence
    • Elaboration
  • Sentence Variety and Style - The extent to which the writer crafts sentences and paragraphs demonstrating
    control of vocabulary, voice, and structure. Specific elements to consider include:
    • Sentence length
    • Sentence structure
    • Usage
    • Tone
    • Vocabulary
    • Voice
  • Mechanical Conventions - The extent to which the writer expresses ideas using standard English. Specific
    elements to consider include:
    • Spelling
    • Grammar
    • Punctuation
  • Critical Thinking – The extent to which the writer communicates a point of view and demonstrates
    reasoned relationships among ideas. Specific elements to consider include:
    • Clarity
    • Depth
    • Precision
    • Logic
  • Strive to express your thoughts on the topic clearly and effectively.
  • How well you write is much more important than how much you write, but to cover the topic adequately you may want to write more than one paragraph.
  • Be specific.

You may want to write an essay on this sample topic for practice:

Young people often want the power and privileges of older people, whereas older people often feel that childhood and youth are the happiest times of life. Explain some of the advantages or disadvantages of the age that you are now. Be specific.
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